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[U.S. Coast Guard Commandant's flag] image by Tom Gregg, 13 November 1998

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The positional colors of the Commandant and Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard are in most respects similar to those of the CNO and VCNO of the U.S. Navy. The principal points of difference are that the badge has a light blue background, and that the Vice Commandant's color has only three stars. (The USCG is authorized only one full (four-star) admiral, and this is invariably the Commandant.
Tom Greg, 13 November 1998

The flag was adopted in 1979, at the same time as that of the vice-commandant.
Joe McMillan, 5 July 2005

Vice Commandant

[U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant's flag] image by Tom Gregg, 13 November 1998

Legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate to increase the rank of the USCG Vice Commandant from a 3-star vice admiral, to a 4-star admiral. The vexillological impact would be the addition of a fourth star to the vice commandant's positional flag.
Dave Fowler, 23 August 2007

Vice Commandant - 2016 flag

[U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant's flag] image by Rick Wyatt, 2 August 2016

VADM Charles D. Michel was promoted to the rank of admiral on May 24, 2016, becoming the first vice commandant in the history of the Coast Guard to hold the rank of admiral. A fourth star was added to the vice commandant's flag, accordingly.

Background on the increase of rank in the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015:
Dave Fowler, 2 August 2016